Sales of prestige beauty in U.S. department stores grew 5% to $815 million for June 2012. Makeup saw the highest gain with 7% sales increases to $316 million. Skin care grew 6% to $283 million in sales. And, fragrance sales grew 3% to $211 million.
Year-to-date sales (January thru June) of prestige beauty totaled $4.6 billion, a 9% increase versus a year ago. Looking at the individual categories’ year-to-date dollar performances, skincare grew the most with 12% sales increases, followed by makeup with 8% sales growth and fragrance with 7% gains.